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Genome-scale metabolic models provide a valuable context for analyzing data from diverse high-throughput experimental techniques. Models can quantify the activities of diverse pathways and cellular functions. Since some metabolic reactions are only catalyzed in specific environments, several algorithms exist that build context-specific models. However, these methods make differing assumptions that influence the content and associated predictive capacity of resulting models, such that model content varies more due to methods used than cell types. Here we overcome this problem with a novel framework for inferring the metabolic functions of a cell before model construction. For this, we curated a list of metabolic tasks and developed a framework to infer the activity of these functionalities from transcriptomic data. We protected the data-inferred tasks during the implementation of diverse context-specific model extraction algorithms for 44 cancer cell lines. We show that the protection of data-inferred metabolic tasks decreases the variability of models across extraction methods. Furthermore, resulting models better capture the actual biological variability across cell lines. This study highlights the potential of using biological knowledge, inferred from omics data, to obtain a better consensus between existing extraction algorithms. It further provides guidelines for the development of the next-generation of data contextualization methods.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: PLoS computational biology
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